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**dwat** "The half-life of radioactive carbon (14) is 5730 years. If the amount of radioactive carbon left over after 1000 years is 5 grams, how much radioactive carbon did you start with?"

equation given to me is $\displaystyle A = A_0e^{-kt}$

Now how do I find $\displaystyle A_0$

I've found $\displaystyle k = -0.000121$ Mr F says: There should be no negative. Clearly a typo on your part. And you should state the accuracy that you've rounded your answer to.

Therefore I have formulated this equation

$\displaystyle 5 = A_0e^{(-0.000121*1000)}$

My problem is, how do I find $\displaystyle A_0$ from the above formula or have I done something wrong. Everytime I do it, I end up with weird answer. Please help

Just out of curiosity though, my answer = 5.643124562. Is that right? or wrong?